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Police identify man killed Monday after walking into traffic

ST. PETERSBURG — Police released the name of a man Wednesday who died earlier this week after being hit by a minivan in St. Petersburg.

Mark Douglas Rennie, 41, was walking north just before 7 a.m. Monday on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street toward the intersection of 38th Avenue N when the accident happened, police said. As traffic moved east and west through the green light at 38th Avenue, Rennie darted into the path of a 2010 Honda minivan that was headed east in the curb lane, authorities said.

The van hit Rennie, who was thrown onto the windshield before tumbling off the side of the car as the driver hit the brakes, police said. Rennie was then dragged a few feet along the ground before the van came to a complete stop.

Rennie was taken to Bayfront Medical Center and pronounced dead.

Multiple witnesses confirmed that the driver of the minivan, Gene C. Clarman, 70, had a green light at the time of the collision, police said. Investigators did not know why Rennie stepped into the path of traffic.

Rennie, of Zephyrhills, was staying in St. Petersburg temporarily, police said. Authorities withheld his name until Wednesday while they tracked down his family to notify them of his death.

Police identify man killed Monday after walking into traffic 03/20/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:30pm]
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